The Renault Duster, with its tough construction, practical interiors, solid diesel engine and car-like driving manners packed into a compact yet muscular package, pioneered the mid-size SUV segment back in 2012. Not only did the Duster drive Renault India’s sales and help establish brand Renault in India, but it also built quite a fan base for its sheer touring capability. Moreover, its all-wheel-drive option placed the Duster in a league of its own.

Renault’s Duster is the latest mid-size SUV with a turbo-petrol engine, following the likes of the Kicks, Seltos and Creta.

Naturally, the segment grew, with many joining in, and today, faced with newer competition, the Duster has been relegated to the sidelines. Furthermore, with the advent of BS6 emissions norms, Renault dropped the 1.5-litre K9K diesel engine – a Duster strong point – and offered only a 1.5-litre…

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